Reading the first chapter of each manga prior to the season beginning does ruin the surprise. It meant that going into Crime Edge I already knew it was not going to be aware of how stupid it was. What I’m writing here is essentially just an extended version of what I wrote in the season preview, just with more bafflement and snark.
The issue with Crime Edge is there are things in this show that I think are genuinely hilarious. The main character’s traumatic backstory centres around a specific moment in his life where his family betrayed his dreams and he grew up misunderstood. That moment was when they started to go to a….
Which is hilariously brilliant. Shame the show itself doesn’t seem to realise this. There’s all these moments in the show that should be funny but the writers miss the joke. Like the fact people are descended from murderers and they have killing tools infused with a magical power. A power that allows them to…err, kill people. Hey, has anyone introduced these people to the concept of a gun? This might be more believable if we were in some fantasy land, but the main character goes to the same old generic anime highschool that every single anime character ever goes to. Then there’s the main character’s hair fetish, which again is nonsensical and I keep getting ready to laugh at it, but the show takes itself so dead seriously that I just feel awkward watching them.
Crime Edge brings up a lot of questions in my mind, such as why didn’t anybody tell the author how stupid this all was? Where has this person’s sense of humour gone? There’s some jokes, but they’re not about the things that are actually funny. They’re about highschool students doing highschool student things like getting embarrassed around each other and pulling silly faces. The ridiculous plot for Crime Edge is its only stand out feature, so why they’re choosing to ignore that and shove it into this standard anime fare is confusing. It’s not that I am incapable of holding my suspension of disbelief. I do watch anime after all. But for gods sake, the woman is threatening him with an oversized syringe that is supposedly a magical artefact of death. I can’t be the only one who things this is the dumbest friggen thing, right? Right?